[MARMAM] Research assistant needed for cetacean surveys in the Strait of Gibraltar

Sergi Pérez seke20 at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 16 05:20:08 PDT 2007

Dear all,
apologies for cross-posting

CIRCÉ (Conservation, Information and Research on Cetaceans) is a non-profit organization which objectives are to conduct research on cetaceans, and to actively participate in increasing awareness and education of the public on the marine environment. 


We invite you to join CIRCE research team for 12 days, to work with the scientific staff studying cetaceans in the Strait of Gibraltar. For your comfort, a maximum of 4 research assistants per voyage will accompany two to four scientists. The projects aims are to investigate the cetacean populations inhabiting the Strait of Gibraltar; they include studying genetic and diet of different species. These surveys will be visual and acoustic surveys, and the target species are common, striped and bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, sperm whales, fin whales and killer whales.

The research assistant wil participate in the field and laboratory activities of the projects.

Main tasks:

-Conduct boat-based surveys.              

-Collect data on cetacean sightings.

-Data entry for cetacean sightings.        

-Assist with photo-ID work and analysis. 


No specific training is required, you just need to be 18 or over, have a willing hand and a keen interest so everyone has an enjoyable and convivial experience. 

Detailed information of CIRCE can be found in the following web page:

Dates of trips for 2007:
7th - 18th May, 21st May - 1st June, 4th - 15th June, 18th - 29th of June, 2nd - 13th July, 16th - 27th July, 30th July - 10th August, 13th - 24th August, 27th August - 7th September.       

To apply:

If you want to get more information about the last places available, prices or booking please contact us by email at philippe at circe-asso.org or cv at circe-asso.org

Some publications of CIRCE:

Guinet, C., Domenici, P., de Stephanis, R., Barrett-Lennard, L., Ford, J. K. B. and Verborgh, P. In Press. Killer whale predation on bluefin tuna:  exploring the hypothesis of the endurance-exhaustion technique. Marine Ecology Progress Series.

De Stephanis, R., Verborgh, P., Pérez-Jorge, S., Esteban-Pavo R., Guinet, C. Submitted. Temporal and spatial distribution of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas) along the year in the Strait of Gibraltar. Canadian Journal of Zoology

Verborgh, P., de Stephanis, R., Pérez, S., Barbraud C., Guinet, C. Submitted. Abundance and residency of long-finned pilot whales between 1999 and 2005 in the Strait of Gibraltar. Marine Mammal Science

Sincerely yours, 


Sergi Pérez
CIRCE Conservación Información y Estudio de Cetáceos 
C/Cabeza de Manzaneda 3 
Pelayo Algeciras-11390 España. 
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